Inspiring story of perseverance against all odds

Madam Zainon Arshad with her son Huzairul Izwan. Madam Zainon lost both her legs because of diabetes. Rather than rely on her husband's income, she took up courses to learn how to make baked goods and now sells them from home, and sometimes at bazaar
Madam Zainon Arshad with her son Huzairul Izwan. Madam Zainon lost both her legs because of diabetes. Rather than rely on her husband's income, she took up courses to learn how to make baked goods and now sells them from home, and sometimes at bazaars.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

It was heartening to read about 50-year-old Zainon Arshad's uplifting and courageous journey, despite losing both her lower limbs (No sitting still after loss of both legs; Jan 22).

Madam Zainon's perseverance against all odds and never giving up in her quest to help her family make ends meet satisfactorily would have inspired many.

Not depending on her husband's income alone, which barely meets the family's needs, and taking care of her three sons, one of whom has cerebral palsy, shows how her indomitable spirit rises above her physical condition. It is awe-inspiring and heart-warming.

Most notable is her lifeline of support networks from well wishers and various key organisations.

They ensured the successful outcome of her meeting her family's needs adequately.

It also shows how many helping hands working in partnership can bring about betterment in the lives of the vulnerable among us, especially in a rapid ageing society like ours.

Reading Madam Zainon's story on a Monday morning will definitely chase anyone's "Monday blues" away.

Laurence Wee

Adviser

Gerontological Society